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legend. Its Hood is believed by the Mongols to possess virtues,
and by means of the rings on the horns fortunes are told. Natur-
ally the animal is on these grounds hard to stalk and shoot.

The Gazelles, genus Gazella, are fairly numerous in species,
which are both Palaearctic and Ethiopian. There are altogether
twenty-five of them. The genus as a whole is characterised by
the small or moderate size, the sandy coloration with white belly,

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FIG. 161,— Loder's Gazelle.     CfazeOa loderi.

the presence of dark and light stripes on the face and on the
flanks. These streaks, however, are not always present, and their
presence or absence serves to differentiate some of the species.
The horns are usually present in both sexes. The horns are of
fair length, ringed, and of lyrate form.
The Springbok is separated from the rest of the Gazelles, to
which, genus it is clearly most nearly related, as a genus Anti-
dorGas. This genus differs from Qazella, by having only two lower
|>remo3ai» as* in Scdga* Otherwise it resembles the Gazelles;
tteipe is tot a single species, A. euchore, which is African.